Obama political group steps up immigration efforts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s political support group is stepping up its immigration efforts as the Senate holds hearings on overhauling the nation’s broken system.

Organizing for Action will hold an immigration “day of action” May 2 that could include rallies around the country and visits to members of Congress. The group is also holding nearly 250 phone banks Tuesday to appeal for supporters to get involved.

The goal is to mobilize OFA’s massive voter database — the same one that helped elect Obama twice — to support one of the president’s top legislative priorities. Obama is backing a draft bill written by bipartisan senators that would secure the border and provide a path to citizenship for some of the 11 million people in the U.S. illegally.

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